Event Details

Evaluation Masterclass

Monday, March 12, 2018 - Friday, March 16, 2018
Michael Quinn Patton and Mark Cabaj
Toronto, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver

How can social innovators ensure that they are (a) adhering to core principles that reflect their deeply held values and beliefs, (b) effectively navigating diverse and dynamic contexts and (c) generating desired results?

Principles-focused evaluation is one of the latest developments in the field of evaluation that seeks to assist social innovators and evaluators tackle some of the most complex issues of our time.


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What Will I Learn?

  • This day-long workshop will be filled with both content and practical tools and take-aways that participants will be able to use in their collaborative efforts or in their workplaces.
  • Why principles matter for program development and evaluation and how they can serve as a rudder to navigate the uncertainties, turbulence, and emergent challenges of complex dynamic environments.
  • The unique GUIDE framework used to determine whether principles provide meaningful guidance (G) and are useful (U), inspiring (I), developmentally adaptable (D), and evaluable (E), illustrated by a variety of examples from across the world.
  • The principles to guide social innovators and evaluators in integrating principles-focused evaluation
  • User-friendly principles-focused evaluation practices, include rubrics, a P-FE checklist, application experiences first-hand reflections and examples from experienced P-FE practitioners, sidebars and summary tables, and end-of-chapter application exercises.
This Workshop is for:
  • Social innovators who want to more fully integrate a principles-based approach to designing, implementing and assessing their organizations, strategies and programs to tackle tough issues.
  • Evaluators and researchers interested in crafting an evaluation design and methods that reflect the dynamic, adaptive principles-focused approach social innovators often employ in their work, and evaluation practices not fully captured in traditional evaluation texts and practices.  
  • Policy makers and funders who want to understand principles-focused evaluation well enough that they can embed them in their own work as well as better assist the social innovators and evaluators whom they support.


- Toronto, ON - March 12 

- Regina, SK - March 14 

- Calgary, AB - March 15 

- Vancouver, BC - March 16 

Face to Face Workshop